Oh, yay! I have my first sponsor! Thank you, rift!
If you get a chance, check out the wonderful mention my upcoming Blogathon efforts have received on the AHF home page! How nice is that! (Never thought I'd see my name mentioned on the same page as His Holiness the Dalai Lama!) :-)
In addition, the kind folks at the AHF have generously offered to donate the book Himalaya to my sponsor who makes the largest donation (who will also receive a prize/award/thank you gift from me!) The book is about 250 pages, hardcover, and filled with great color photos and essays about the people and issues of the Himalayan region.
I've noticed that several of my fellow bloggers have set pledge goals for themselves, so I decided to do the same. I realize my goal is a lofty one, but hey, I'm blogging about the Himalaya! If you can't do lofty there, where can you? ;-) My goal is to try to raise $695, which according to the AHF "is enough to purchase materials for two greenhouses for Tibetan refugees, who will build them, feed their families and sell extra produce for income." Seems like a perfect goal for a vegan high-altitude gardener who has long campaigned (thus far unsuccessfully) for a greenhouse of her own! :-)
I'll post and email reminders when the time comes, but wanted to mention now that the AHF folks have also asked that when my sponsors submit their donations following the blogathon, they either write in the comment field of the online donation form or annotate on their check that they were my sponsors in the blogathon. So if my current and (she says with unshakable optimism) future sponsors would be so kind, I and AHF would be most appreciative!
As for the Blogathon itself, I plan to blog about various things Himalayan, post photos and conduct polls, and when/if I run out of those I'll just blog about my own mundane life... all while sipping green tea and listening to Tibetan music for inspiration (and, hopefully, insomnia!) :-)
So if you can, please oh please won't you